David Y. Ige | UH NEWS RELEASE: UH to require COVID-19 vaccination for on-campus students this fall

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UH NEWS RELEASE: UH to require COVID-19 vaccination for on-campus college students this fall

Posted on Could 17, 2021 in Newest Information, Newsroom

*Media Advisory particulars beneath

The College of Hawaiʻi System is including the COVID-19 vaccination to its pupil well being clearance necessities starting within the fall 2021 semester. Which means, to be on any UH campus, college students have to be absolutely vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19. As with present well being clearance necessities, college students will have the ability to request exemptions for medical and non secular causes. Extra detailed info shall be made out there within the coming months as implementation plans are finalized.

“It’s clear {that a} vaccinated campus is a safer campus for everybody, and a completely vaccinated pupil neighborhood allows one of the best alternative for a wholesome return to high-quality face-to-face instructing, studying and analysis,” stated UH President David Lassner. “This choice doesn’t come evenly, and relies on steering from our personal Well being and Nicely-Being Working Group in addition to the American School Well being Affiliation suggestion that each one on-campus faculty college students be required to be vaccinated.”

The vaccine requirement will take impact solely after no less than one of many three COVID-19 vaccines at present underneath emergency use authorization has been accredited and absolutely licensed by the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration, which is anticipated this summer season.

Unvaccinated UH college students will nonetheless be welcome and should enroll in on-line programs. On-line learners will proceed to have the ability to have interaction with pupil providers on-line, as they’ve executed over the previous yr, and can have the ability to take part in pupil actions nearly.

UH’s well being clearance necessities for college students at present embody a TB clearance and immunizations for Measles Mumps, Rubella (MMR) and Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis and Varicella. The Meningococcal Conjugate vaccination can also be required for first-year college students dwelling in on-campus housing.

All UH college students and workers can join now to be vaccinated, and UH urges all members of the UH neighborhood to be vaccinated now.  The college will even guarantee there are vaccination alternatives over the summer season and originally of fall for members of the UH neighborhood who arrive from different places the place they might not have been capable of be vaccinated. 

Hawaiʻi Division of Well being Director Libby Char says UH’s choice so as to add the COVID-19 vaccine is a vital growth for the college and the state.  

“Having absolutely vaccinated campuses will assist tremendously to create a a lot safer studying atmosphere and decrease any transmission of COVID-19 from individual to individual,” stated Char. 

The college will even be initiating formal discussions with the three unions that symbolize UH workers about presumably requiring COVID-19 vaccination. 

For extra info, please go to the UH COVID-19 vaccination requirement for college students FAQs. 

Media Advisory:

WHAT: Information convention

WHEN:  Monday, Could 17, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. (HST)

WHERE: Bachman Corridor courtyard, UH Mānoa campus

WHO: UH President David Lassner

LIVESTREAM: A livestream of the occasion shall be posted at – https://www.hawaii.edu/itunesu/vlive/?s=uhnews.sdp

 

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Contact: Dan Meisenzahl, (808) 348-4936 Spokesman, UH Communications

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